Central Queensland secures nationally renowned training program

28 April 2021

Artists' community and cultural workers in Bundaberg' Duaringa' Mackay and Yeppoon will have the opportunity to undertake specialist training in Creative Recovery thanks to an innovative program by CQUniversity's Central Queensland Regional Arts Services Network (CQRASN).

CQRASN has partnered with the Creative Recovery Network to train up to 80 individuals across Central Queensland to use creativity to support their communities in difficult times.

The Disaster Ready Regions Creative Recovery Training will provide participants with an understanding of how trauma impacts our communities and the resources and skills required to support community project development within a disaster context.

"Creativity can play a really significant role in the recovery of our communities when natural disasters strike'" said Scotia Monkivitch' Executive officer' Creative Recovery Network.

"The Arts are a very powerful connector and participation can offer people a safe place to share stories' unpack traumatic experiences' make sense of the unimaginable' memorialise and celebrate recovery steps."

Regional Arts Project Officer Trudie Leigo said CQRASN was thrilled to be bringing the 2.5 day immersive training program to Central Queensland.

"It will be the first-time training of this type will be offered across our communities'" Ms Leigo said.

"Upskilling artists across our region to respond when the worst happens' means we will have better prepared and connected communities.

"We know what's it like when disaster strikes' those impacted need all the help and support they can get."

Training dates and locations:

5-7 May: Bundaberg
21- 23 May: Yeppoon
28 – 30 May: Mackay
1-3 June: Duaringa

For more information visit https://cqregionalarts.net/events/category/shine-bright/

This project is proudly funded by the Foundation of Rural Regional Renewal in partnership with Stockland CARE Foundation' Livingstone Shire Council under the jointly funded Commonwealth/Queensland State Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements (Cat C- Community Recovery Fund) and Mackay Regional Council and The Queensland Government through the Regional Arts Development Fund' Livingstone Shire Council.

The Regional Arts Services Network is an initiative of the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland. CQUniversity has been appointed as the Central Queensland provider.